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Say Hello to gemmit / gemmitdeals!

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Black Friday….BLACK FRIDAY IS ALMOST HERE!!! I’ve written extensively about how much I love this day / week / experience, but…I’ve been longing for more. What if…what if I could utilize my software development expertise to create a tool that acted as a deal aggregator? You know…like the Priceline/Expedia/Kayak, but for…online shopping? Well, I’m not quite there yet, but this is the first step…

gemmit!

gemmit.com (not live yet, still working out the kinks) and @gemmitdeals are a phase 1 approach to that end. What is “gemmit”? gemmit is a play on words obviously referring to “gems”. What do you do with gems? Well…you try to “get it”! Gems. Get it. gemmit (are you familiar with “Reddit”; same concept)! Here is an example deal that gemmit found:

Note that this particular item was a SlickDeals frontpage; so gemmit *is working today*!

gemmit uses a proprietary algorithm that calculates what makes a deal a “deal”! The Twitter feed gemmitDeals is posting the BEST deal in every category (two dozen or so) that it is tracking. These categories include things like: Electronics, Movies, Toys, Jewelry, Video Games, Books, etc.

Here is a mockup of what Gemmit looks like so far:

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Obviously, the technology is very, very early. There are most likely some bugs to be found and without question, numerous features to implement. But…gemmit *will be* launching within a week or two, simply because of the holiday season. I plan on using this tool myself because, well…I essentially wrote it for me, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have higher hopes for it. I’m hoping it can grow and become something special, but that’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of luck! I can at least control one aspect of that equation…

One last thing…so, like I mentioned, gemmit is not ready to launch *just quite yet*. BUT…it is basically fully functioning, I just have some more work to do with the User Interface; some features are just disabled or broken (e.g. social media support, email newsletter not implemented; home page isn’t built yet).  But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t use some feedback from Alpha testers! You can checkout an incomplete version of the website here (this link will be dead once the real website launches).

What does work? Well, I’ve broken down some example categories in the top navbar (such as Books, Movies), the content populated within those should be complete. Search works. Filtering works. Other than that, not much else. =E

Given that this is in test mode, expect that the server will be unavailable from time to time (e.g. I may disable it as needed). That said, I could appreciate some user testing! What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to see in the future?

I value your support and welcome any feedback, I’ve been working on this for many months in my, oh so precious (and scarce), free time. Let me know what you think in the comments section and stay tuned for more gemmit updates!

(Psst. Don’t worry…if you don’t care about my pet project, I plan on making a separate blog on gemmit itself to talk about new features there and leave this blog open for…well, whatever it is I talk about)

Update: 11/23/13 – www.gemmit.com is live! The Alpha site above has been decommissioned, and if you wish to learn more about gemmit, please visit blog.gemmit.com!

 

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Nov 3, 2013

How to Make Money on the Internet by Clicking a Button (Affiliate Rebates)

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OK, OK…it’s not that simple. You have to make an account first, then you click a  button!

Seriously. I’m not joking. That’s it. Free money (normally 1-10% cash back).

Got something you want to buy on the internet? Follow these steps and you can get a portion of the payment rebated to you:

  • Go to BigCrumbs
  • Make an account (need an email address  / PayPal account)
  • Search for a store
  • Click on the affiliate link to the store
  • Buy something on the website, check out like normal (don’t close the window until you’ve checked out!)

In a few weeks, you’ll see money transferred to your Paypal account (once they’ve made sure you didn’t return it / they get paid themselves through the website you’re buying from). These companies are essentially sharing the referral proceeds with you!

I don’t know how long this is going to last, but “affiliate” websites like BigCrumbs have been around for a looong time (at least for the past 5-6 years; ancient in internet years)! However, this site gives really good rates, and they give you CrumbShares (which at like a share in the company). If they get bought out by another company, they’ll give you a portion of the proceeds! How cool is that?

Here’s an example, let’s say you wanted to buy something from Target.com. Simply search for “target” on the site, and you will be presented with an affiliate link. Click on it and checkout and pay (again, make sure you don’t close the window!):

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Sometimes the rebate will be up to a certain dollar amount, sometimes it is a percentage. In this case, if you shop at Target, you can get up to 3.5% cash back. FOR DOING NOTHING!

There are a number of other competitors in the space: FatWallet and eBates are two of the bigger names.

So, seriously…again, that’s it. You get paid for doing normal shopping. Stack that with normal rewards points by paying with a credit card, and you’ll end up getting a decent % of the cost of the item rebated!

Why do companies do this? Beats me…weren’t you going to buy that thing-a-ma-bob even if I didn’t tell you about it? I suppose they believe the content on their site will yield you to buy things you normally wouldn’t. Don’t do that. Just shop like you’d normally would, and check one of the sites I mentioned above and see how much cash back they’ll give you. I would recommend signing up for the big three: BigCrumbs, eBates, and Fatwallet, and comparing the cash back yields. Again, my favorite is BigCrumbs, merely because they give you a share of the company with every purchase!

One caveat: You should always check to see if there’s a coupon available, but depending on the company you’re buying from, doing so may void your ability to get a rebate! So you need to compare the coupon you’re getting with what the rebate yield would be. Make sense?

If not, ask away in the comments below! I hope I just blew your mind.

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Jul 19, 2013

Website Spotlight – Cheapassgamer.com

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Every now and then I’d like to spend some time spreading the word and talking about some cool useful websites. Some may be very well-known and you just may not know a lot of tricks or cool things about them.  Others might be hidden gems that make you go, “wow, how can I still be a functioning human being without knowing about this”? Sound like fun? Yes? I thought so too. The internet is a powerful tool. You can pretty much do or find anything you want, if you look hard enough. The only thing in the way is ignorance. I won’t have it! No sir.

Today, we’re going to talk about cheapassgamer.com. The name pretty much sums it up. Like videogames? Like not wasting money? You’d like this site. If you’re paying full MSRP for videogames, hardware, or accessories…you’re about to be shocked at how stupid you are! 🙂

Most games on consoles today run around $50-60. The best shot you have at getting them cheap comes around the first week of sale. After that, it’s normally a few weeks, months, or even years (Nintendo is notorious for never dropping their prices) before you’ll see any price drops. Cheapassgamer.com (CAG) is fundamentally a forum site. It has other bells and whistles, podcasts, contests, blah, blah. I’ve never used them. 90% of my time is spent at the “Video Game Deals” forum (there are other forums dedicated to other things, but the site’s focus is games). It’s about as simple as you can get.

Check out this page and you’re pretty much good to go. That’s it. You don’t need to sign up for anything, everything is completely free. Browse for game deals in the forums or post your own findings. You should be able to find tons of deals on older games. I normally pickup games sub $20 because I don’t mind waiting a year for a new release to drop in price. But that’s not to say you won’t find things cheap when they come out. SOMEONE will always be offering an incentive for you to buy. CAG will help you find that “someone” (i.e. website or storefront).

This is a very nice “small-ish” community of gamers. It’s been around for many years and is very respectable. It’s a great community and is essential for any self-respecting hardcore gamer. Just be warned. You may save money, but you’ll probably end up spending more than you normally would! I know I have…

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Jan 5, 2011

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